Going in to this project, I had no idea what to expect. Before creating the account, I noticed that there are no other Instagram profiles that are trying to tackle the idea of reviewing video games. However, now that I am halfway through my Instagram project I am much more confident in how the profile is turning out. It isn’t ‘top of the line’ as would be expected from a large game reviewer such as IGN, but I am still happy with where the profile is going and the potential it contains.
So far, my Instagram profile is simply doing average. I have just over 40 followers and average about 10 likes on each post. To gain followers initially, I followed a bunch of well known video game profiles myself. As I slowly gained followers, I would follow them back (relevant profiles, not ones asking for sex) which would then lead to more followers. I maxed out at 51 followers and then it sank to a steady 44ish. Other than that, my engagement with others in the community has been crude; I have not commented on other people’s posts and searching for more people to follow has been minimal. As a result, I will have to be more extroverted in commenting and following to gain more interest from others.
The content I have been posting is fairly straightforward–post a picture of a game’s title screen and write a consistently structured review that nearly reaches the character limit. However, although the evidence isn’t very strong considering the small number of posts, posts with a more personal touch seem to receive more attention. For example, the post with all of the games lined up in a row describes my entire video game history and has nothing to do with a review. Also, at the end of the post I included a list of my favorite games over the years. This post received the most likes out of any post yet. In addition, my most recent post was a “throwback-Thursday” post where I both reviewed the game and gave personal reasons as to why I love it. A user was interested enough in my post to comment his thoughts on the game, and this caused a minor interaction that I hope to see more of.
Hashtags are definitely something that attracts a few followers after each post. Since I recently learned that having at least 11 hashtags is great for gaining followers, I have tried to hit this mark every post. In that sense I am doing well, but as I mentioned earlier commenting on other people’s posts is important for engaging with the community and gaining followers. Stories are something I haven’t gotten in to as well. Moving forward, I will post stories that will hopefully attract others. Their content may include upcoming reviews or personal things like what I am playing on a given day. Right now I feel that I have lied out the basic groundwork for a potentially great Instagram page. I can only improve, and improve I shall.